NACCIMA unveils e-certify for credibility of export goods
THE Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), has unveiled its electronic Certificate of Origin designed to address traceability challenges of export goods.
Speaking at the presentation of the product in Abuja, National President of NACCIMA, Bassey Edem, in a statement, stated that e-certify, as the product is called, will help to ensure credibility and further authenticate every Nigerian product, be it raw or manufactured in Nigeria to ensure a new growth segment for the Nigeria economy.
According to him, the e-certify is geared towards supporting product traceability, ease of doing business and accountability for all export originating from Nigeria.
He stated that the process entails all registered and unregistered members of NACCIMA in the private sector, especially corporate agencies engaged in export business have a single source of e-certification to guarantee speed, efficiency and record keeping.
This, Edem stated, will further enhance the country’s visibility as product origin can be easily verified and traced.
Also speaking, Billy Harry, National Vice President, NACCIMA, stated that to a great extent, the new NACCIMA eCertify will collate new export statistics, assist the Nigeria Customs to function efficiently as as a result of the additional electronic tool that will guarantee swift and flawless confirmation of export products from Nigeria through the portal.
He said, “It is NACCIMA’s responsibility, by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to ensure that all Certificates of Origin are traceable, accountable and transparent to ensure product acceptability by the terms of export agreed at the G77 and D8 countries for all export products emanating from Nigeria.
“These were endorsed and agreed to by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in 1987 and 2014 respectively. The NEPC and NIPC will have a much more effective platform to get accurate data on export as the electronic portal of NACCIMA e Certify will be accessible to confirm and authenticate certificate of origin from Nigeria.”
Harry further stated that going forward, all certificates of origin will be accompanied with declaration of value addition and products made in Nigeria for export under the preferential or standard export procedure, adding that this will be archived securely and can be accessed by respective agencies related to exportation and importation into Nigeria.
According to him, all regional, state and city chambers of commerce going forward will input all certificate of origin applications and documentation in a centrally processed portal for easy archiving, collation and reporting of information to relevant agencies and authorities.
“It will therefore be an invaluable source of record and information to measure balance of trade between the G77 and D8 countries that are signatory to preferential and standard export procedures with Nigeria,” he said.
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